The answer is that it doesn’t. Men who wear sandals get what they deserve Jesus shirt. AC generally assumes that taking random footnotes from history and making them interesting can give them some legroom, but in practice, their over-exaggeration ends up undermining the setup. What would you say to Kingdom Come: Deliverance? IMO it does a similar thing but much more successfully. Mostly by keeping things grounded and only locally and personally relevant, with more prominent historical figures being either known only by second-hand sources, if that, or relegated to cameo appearances.
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The game made me wonder whether the French and French-Canadians have a more negative general perception of Caesar than, say, English speakers. I know that the French has had periods in which they identified with the Gauls, but I’m curious whether that has influenced the modern French view on those times. Maybe. I don’t know if French Canadians would feel that way, IIRC That trend was too recently, but it’s certainly plausible. Either way, I’m kinda upset that Fallout New Vegas still holds the title of best Caesar to date, at least in the context of games, and doesn’t even have the actual freaking Caesar in it. French Canadian’s idea of Caesar is based on Asterix comics, where Caesar is this catch-phrase spouting Doctor Doom-like villain, who sometimes schemes against the good guys, sometimes helps them, and is someone you can’t help but admire. Asterix is obscure in America but globally it’s big in many Commonwealth countries, and for many people there it’s their first big idea of Caesar.
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I just finished Origins yesterday. I have a great interest in the Hellenistic period (wrote my dissertation on Hellenisation in the Near East etc.). Found the game a bit of a disappointment. It almost seems like there were two ideas for a game that got smashed together; Bayek and Pharaonic Egypt v and Aya and Ptolemaic Egypt, Cleopatra & Caesar, as they couldn’t quite decide which was more recognizably ‘Egyptian’ in public perceptions so they fudged it and put the two together. Odyssey makes me terrified for their butchering of Classical Greece. Looking forward to the proto-fascistic Spartans being ‘liberators’ again (no mentions of the Helots). And the Athenians being effeminate boy lovers who only win by guile and manipulation. Not sure what I’d like best. Maybe Spartans would be literal fascists with Helots being exactly like slaves in America, and Athenians are the land of freedom and equality and commerce and pacifism. I kind of expect to see the Athenians and the Delian league as ham-fisted stand-ins for US foreign policy.
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Actually, the Spartans inspired Ivy league colleges in addition to that. Men who wear sandals get what they deserve Jesus shirt. And look the Athenians owned slaves too. And indeed most people in England, France, America supported. The idea of slavery and democracy co-existing based on Athens and Rome, rather than Sparta (which was a dyarchy). I don’t think he’s speaking as to what would be accurate. But instead assumes they are going to bastardize everything regardless. And is speaking as to which would be the most entertaining, possibly through its badness.